GEOANA Mircea

Function : NATO Deputy Secretary General

Presentation : Plenary sitting, Monday 17 May, 16:30-18:30

Biography

NATO Deputy Secretary General since 2019.

Mircea Geoană became NATO Deputy Secretary General in October 2019, after a distinguished domestic and international career. Mr Geoană is the first Deputy Secretary General from Romania, and the first from any of the countries that joined the Alliance after the end of the Cold War. 

Mr Geoană was born in Romania on 14 July 1958. He studied at the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris, and he holds a PhD from the Economic Studies Academy of Bucharest. Mr Geoană has served as a diplomat and a politician, and in 2009 was his party’s candidate to be President of Romania. 

  • 1991-1995:     Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania 

  • 1993-1995:     Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

  • 1996-2000:    Romanian Ambassador to the United States. 

  • 2000-2004:    Minister of Foreign Affairs 

  • 2001:              President in Office of OSCE 

  • 2004-2016:     Senator 

  • 2004-2008:    Chair of the Senate Foreign Policy Committee 

  • 2005-2010:    President of the Social Democratic Party 

  • 2008-2011:    President of the Romanian Senate 

  • 2012-14:         High Representative of the Romanian Government for Strategic Economic Projects and Public Diplomacy 

  • 2012-2014:    Chair of the Parliamentary Committee for Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area 

Mr Geoană is a strong advocate of transatlantic integration and has held a number of international positions, including OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in 2001 and personal representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for Georgia in 2005. He is President and founder of the Aspen Institute Romania and has published extensively on domestic and international affairs. 

In 2000, he was made a Commander of the National Order, The Star of Romania.  He has also been awarded the French Legion d’Honneur and the Italian Stella della Soliedarita. 

Mr Geoană is married to Mihaela, an architect by training and former President of the Romanian Red Cross. They have two children, Ana Maria and Alexandru. 

He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian. 

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